PEARLS OF WISDOM ON VOLUNTEERING

After a life’s work in various public sector roles, all of them involved in helping others, Lynda Gardner still feels that she wants to give something back – and one of her many volunteering roles includes spending hours knitting for charity.

She has knitted thousands of items, from Easter rabbits for the Jubilee Centre in Bury to Clangers for children’s charities.

But her biggest knit has been sheep, hundreds of them, which she has helped to place all over Europe, covering over 14,000 miles. These raise money and awareness for both a cancer and transplant charity.

Although she left school as a qualified bookbinder, her career has taken her from 15 years as a serving police officer, through working in a GP’s surgery to a further 15 years working for the Bury drug and alcohol abuse team. Retiring at 64, she then helped look after her grandchildren.

Linda herself has had two bouts of cancer, helped care for her husband when he suffered with it also, and has also had to watch as her son battled with leukaemia.

She said: “When I was fit and well again, I looked for a volunteer job and I now have several volunteering roles. I have volunteered in the Jubilee Centre café for the last 18 months and the mobility shop in Bury for two years.

“I enjoy it all. I like meeting people and being in a crowd – there is always someone to talk to, make friends, and give something back. I’ll stop when I’m a mobility customer!”

For more information on the Jubilee Centre contact them at: The Jubilee Centre, Mosley Ave, Bury BL9 6NJ. Telephone: 0161 763 9030. www.ageuk.org.uk/bury

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